Coming at you HOT with a little 1, 2, 3 punch of suggested snowboarding set ups for three of my favorite riding conditions. Check them out here and make sure you’re prepared!
- Snowboard: ’16 Lib Tech JL Phoenix C3 or ’16 Arbor Element
- Boot: ’16 ThirtyTwo Lashed
- Binding: ’16 Burton Cartel
- Outerwear: 686 Authentic Woodland Insulated Jacket w/ 686 Smarty Cargo Pant
- Gloves: Burton AK Guide
- Beanie: Coal Frena Solid
- Facemask: Airhole Airhood Polar
- Goggles: Oakley Flight Deck White w/ Prizm Rose Lens
- Accessory: SNORKLE
WHY – On days when it’s dumping or you’ve been blessed by the Powder Gods that reign supreme over each mountain range, speed and response win the game. Having a setup that is hard charging and able to carry speed through powder is key. Stiffer boots and bindings help with the transition of power edge to edge and also help with driving through turns as you navigate the mountain. Warmer outerwear, especially gloves, help in case you take a spill in the deep fluffy stuff and have to slowly inch worm your way back to the hard pack. Also, get a solid pair of goggles with a low-light lens…like the Oakley Flight Deck w/ Prizm Rose Lens. This will help with being able to see the terrain in front of you during low-light/grey sky riding conditions. Another item to think about is a hood, not the one attached to your jacket, but a secondary. Peep this one from Airhole above to keep the snow out as you get chest deep on such an epic day! Oh yeah, don’t forget your snorkel – haha.
Blue Bird Day
- Snowboard: ’16 Ride Machete, ’16 Burton Custom Flying V, or ’16 GNU Metal Gnuru
- Boot: ’16 Burton Ambush Boot or ’16 Ride Anthem
- Binding: ’16 Flow Fuse or ’16 Union Contact Pro
- Outerwear: Volcom Mails Insulated Jacket w/ Volcom Articulated Pants
- Gloves: Dakine Bronco Gloves
- Goggles: ’16 Smith I/O 7 (White/Green Sol X Mirror)
- Beanie: Dakine Tall Boy
- Accessory: Apres Ski – Local Craft Beer…or Beers
WHY – Honestly, this is my favorite kind of riding condition. Sure, who doesn’t like it when it’s dumping snow…but…I absolutely LOVE it when it’s just perfect. For days like this, grab your best all-mountain board and boots/bindings that give you support when you need it but offer some flex when you get the itch for some freestyle or park riding. I like the Machete from Ride, the Custom Flying V from Burton, or the Metal Gnuru from GNU for days like these…personally, I ride the Metal Gnuru. One of the best boards I’ve ridden in a long time. Make sure you also go with some lighter to mid-weight outerwear and gloves since you’ll probably be up and down the mountain all day long. This will help you regulate temperature better and not to over-heat during your session. A pair of goggles with a nice mirror tint to them helps when the sun is beating down on the slopes and then reflecting back up into your face. You don’t notice it, but having something to help block some of the UV transmission really helps protect your eyes while enjoying the day. Also, treat yourself to any and all opportunities to try local beers around the mountain. Those guys ride and brew for a living to…they’ve usually got something to compliment your day for the perfect apres-ski brewski! Cheers!
East Coast/Ice Coast Riding
- Board: Inner Tube
- Boot: Flip Flops
- Binding: Ugly Orange Vest
- Outerwear: Tank Top and Boardshorts
- Gloves: Koozie
- Goggles: Shades
- Beanie: Island Straw Hat
- Accessory: Tiki Drink w/ Umbrella and Straw
WHY – Just Kidding…but seriously, it was in the 70’s this December all the way up the East Coast. While it was nice to keep rocking flip-flops and riding with the top down/doors off on my Wrangler until New Year’s Day…I’m welcoming the cold that has finally crept in and allowing our resorts here on the E. Coast to start compiling snow.
- Snowboard: ’16 Lib Tech Hot Knife or ’16 Arbor Westmark
- Boot: ’16 ThirtyTwo Light JP
- Binding: ’16 Ride Rodeo
- Outerwear: Burton Dunmore Jacket w/ Burton Cargo Mid Pants
- Gloves: Volcom USSTC Pipe Gloves
- Goggles: ’16 Anon M2 (Black/Red Solex)
- Beanie: Neff Daily
- Accessory: Ice Scraper
WHY – Being an East Coast native myself, I long for the trips out West of the Mississippi to go riding. They always end up being a blast. But, for the times when I stay more localized during the season, I typically gravitate towards boards that have features like Lib Tech’s “Magnatraction” or Arbor’s “Grip-Tech” contact points. It helps when cutting through ice patches that are notorious here on the “Ice Coast”…I mean East Coast. Also, things typically end up being more freestyle/park oriented on the East Coast since our runs are shorter…grab a board/boot/binding set up like the one above to ensure you have something soft and flexible enough to make the most of your day! A lighter to mid-weight outerwear/glove combo works here too. Sometimes, riding in a base layer and a shirt is all you need. There’s something freeing about riding with the bare essentials from time to time…it’s liberating for sure. Any goggles work really, just be mindful of the light conditions for the day…more light transmission on overcast days and less light transmission (something with some mirror or tint) on brighter days. Also, don’t forget your ice scraper…you might need it when you go to load back up in the car. Knock that ice that accumulated on your windshield off while you were charging the mountain before you head home!
Don’t forget, it’s always good to think about base layer and riding socks too. Essential part of each rider’s gear…no matter where you’re riding. Be sure to check out what we’ve got from Dakine, Stance, Under Armour, and Burton to make sure you’ve got your bases covered!
Now, get out there and RIDE! It is go time and don’t forget to pick up anything you might need from AmbushBoardCo.com or come by the shop to see anything in person!